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BITS OF CULTURE - Chile
 
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Cultural Values
Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
Health Care Values
Diet
Interesting Facts
 

Languages

Official language:
Spanish

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Cultural Values
  • Easter and Christmas holidays are the most important national celebrations.
  • A traditional Chilean wedding custom calls for the couple getting married to exchange wedding rings when the engagement proposal takes place. Until the wedding vows at their marriage ceremony, the couple will wear their wedding bands on their right hands. Once they have become man and wife the rings are switched to their left hands.

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Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
 
Health Care Values

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Diet
  • Chileans eat four meals a day, beginning with a light breakfast of toast and tea or coffee.
  • Lunch is the main meal of the day and is generally served between 1 and 3pm; soups and stews are common.
  • Between the hours of 5 and 7pm, it is common to take onces (afternoon tea), which consist of a sandwich and some kind of dessert with tea or coffee.
  • Dinner is rarely earlier than 9pm and can often run as late as midnight.
  • The Chilean equivalent to an U.S. burger is the Lomo a la pobre (poor man’s steak), a combination of steak topped with two fried eggs and smothered with french fries.


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Interesting Facts
  • Chile was the last country in the Americas to be occupied by the Spaniards.
  • Chile has spawned the Nobel Prize-winning poets Gabriela Mistral and Pablo Neruda.

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